Padres Prospect Report: August 13, 2009

Ernesto Frieri was one out from a no-hitter and the game ended up going six extra innings when Anthony Contreras delivered. Jeremy Hefner gives up six in a loss while Brian Joynt has his stroke in California. Simon Castro loses his second game in a row. Adan Velazquez continues his hot hitting.

Portland (49-69) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (20-26, 59-56) won 2-1 over Springfield (Cardinals) in 13 innings in game one – game two was postponed due to length of game one

Ernesto Frieri recorded five of the first six outs by way of strikeout and retired 14 batters in a row, holding a no-hitter into the seventh. He fell one out shy of a complete game no-hitter, as a single by Colt Sedbrook with two outs broke up the no-hit bid and tied the game at 1-1 to send it into extra innings. Frieri did walk five on the day and struck out nine while throwing a team season-high 119 pitches. He had two different hitters down to their final strike but could not close the deal. It was the 10th time he has given up three hits or less and the second time he has yielded just one hit.

It would have marked the first no-hitter for San Antonio since three pitchers combined to keep Beaumont hitless on June 9, 1984. It would have been the first seven-inning no-no since Dean Burk turned the trick at Albuquerque on June 5, 1968.

Anthony Contreras had a sacrifice bunt in the 11th when he came on as a pinch-hitter and stayed in the game to play second base. The infielder then brought home the winning run with a triple in the 13th, scoring Cedric Hunter who led off the frame with a single. It was his third triple of the season and 11th extra base hit. Contreras has four RBI in his last two games played. He has executed two sacrifice bunts on the season.

"You always have to be ready for everything," said Contreras. "I was just happy to end the thing."

Evan Scribner completed 6.1 innings of scoreless ball thrown by the relief corps. The right-hander worked two of those frames, pitching to the minimum and striking out three. Scribner has not allowed an earned run this season in extra innings, working nine frames and surrendering just three hits. He has allowed runs in 17 of his 49 appearances this season; it is just the third time this year he has worked two innings and not surrendered a run across 10 appearances.

It was the Missions longest game of the season in time and number of innings.

Lake Elsinore (21-26, 60-57) lost 6-3 to Lancaster (Astros)

Jeremy Hefner surrendered six runs on nine hits and two walks across 6.1 innings, striking out eight – taking just his second loss since May 24. Five of the hits went for extra bases, including a two-run homer yielded in the opening frame. It was just the third time all year that he has allowed five runs in an outing. Hefner has given up homers in four straight games. Fifty-three of the 134 hits he has allowed have gone for extras.

Brian Joynt hit his fourth homer in six California League games, going yard in the sixth inning. It was his lone hit of the game. He has homered in successive games, the second time he has accomplished the feat since joining the Storm. The outfielder has an RBI in five of his six games and has scored six times while plating nine runs over that span. He came into the league hitting .182 over his final 33 games with the Missions.

Fort Wayne (34-12, 79-38) lost 6-4 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Simon Castro took his sixth loss, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings while fanning four. Four of the hits went for extra bases. Twenty-nine of the first 100 hits he had allowed this season had gone for extras. Castro has given up six runs in successive outings after only allowing six runs or more in two of his first 22 outings. This is the second time all year he has dropped successive games.

Blake Tekotte reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 and drawing a walk. The left-handed hitter smacked his 12th homer of the season, hitting a three-run blast in the second. The center fielder also swiped two bases. Tekotte had just one homer over his previous 27 games and he had just three RBI in his previous 21 contests. He is hitting .311 since the All-Star break.

Eugene (23-30) lost 5-2 to Vancouver (A's)

Matt Jackson allowed five runs on seven hits, a pair of walks and two walks across four innings, dropping to 3-4 on the season – his fourth straight losing decision. The right-hander has given up four runs or more in five straight starts and six of his last seven. The opposition is hitting .327 off him with runners in scoring position. Only four base runners have attempted to steal on Jackson this season and three have been caught.

Emmanuel Quiles had two hits in four trips and scored a run. He was also 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and committed his fourth error of the year. The backstop is hitting .333 over his last 11 games with 10 runs scored, three homers, and five RBI. He has scored a run in three of his last four games. He has thrown out 12 of the 34 runners attempting to steal.

AZL Padres (6-9, 19-24) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (23-40) lost 10-9 to DSL Tigers

Eugenio Reyes was tagged with six runs, all earned, on five hits and a plunked batter across two-thirds of an inning, seeing his ERA spike from 4.94 to 6.75. He also allowed his first homer of the year. The right-hander has given up five runs in two of his last three outings, surrounding a scoreless outing. The Dominican native has a 22.85 ERA across three relief appearances and a 3.80 ERA across six starts.

Adan Velazquez had three hits in four trips with a walk, smacking his sixth triple of the year, driving in three runs and scoring once. He is now tied for the team lead with 41 RBI. Velazquez also stole two bases but did commit his ninth fielding error of the year. The second baseman has reached base in six straight games with three multi-hit contests. He is hitting .390 over his last 27 games with 16 extra base hits and 28 RBI.

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